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<p>Muslim brides interact with each other as they wait for their wedding ceremonies to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Muslim brides interact with each other as they wait for their wedding ceremonies to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim brides interact with each other as they wait for their wedding ceremonies to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Brides and grooms sit together as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony in New Delhi April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

Brides and grooms sit together as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony in New Delhi April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Brides and grooms sit together as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony in New Delhi April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>A bride sits during a mass wedding ceremony in New Delhi April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

A bride sits during a mass wedding ceremony in New Delhi April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

A bride sits during a mass wedding ceremony in New Delhi April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>Boys and girls from the Saraniya community wearing garlands pose for pictures after their engagement ceremony at Vadia village in Gujarat March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Boys and girls from the Saraniya community wearing garlands pose for pictures after their engagement ceremony at Vadia village in Gujarat March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Boys and girls from the Saraniya community wearing garlands pose for pictures after their engagement ceremony at Vadia village in Gujarat March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A veiled girl from the Saraniya community waits for her engagement ceremony to start at Vadia village in Gujarat March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A veiled girl from the Saraniya community waits for her engagement ceremony to start at Vadia village in Gujarat March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A veiled girl from the Saraniya community waits for her engagement ceremony to start at Vadia village in Gujarat March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A groom takes a photo of his bride with a mobile phone before they say their wedding vows at a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A groom takes a photo of his bride with a mobile phone before they say their wedding vows at a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A groom takes a photo of his bride with a mobile phone before they say their wedding vows at a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Brides attend a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Brides attend a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Brides attend a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Grooms wearing traditional Indian bridal turbans attend their mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

Grooms wearing traditional Indian bridal turbans attend their mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Grooms wearing traditional Indian bridal turbans attend their mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>Bejeweled brides attend a mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

Bejeweled brides attend a mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Bejeweled brides attend a mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>Grooms gesture during their mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

Grooms gesture during their mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Grooms gesture during their mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>Brides wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Brides wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Brides wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Muslim brides show their hands decorated with henna paste as they wait for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Muslim brides show their hands decorated with henna paste as they wait for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim brides show their hands decorated with henna paste as they wait for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Grooms wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Grooms wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Grooms wait for the start of their mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Brides attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Brides attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Brides attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A newly married couple sit beside their belongings, which were donated to them by a non-governmental organisation, during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A newly married couple sit beside their belongings, which were donated to them by a non-governmental organisation, during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A newly married couple sit beside their belongings, which were donated to them by a non-governmental organisation, during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Brides and grooms arrive at a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Brides and grooms arrive at a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Brides and grooms arrive at a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A couple hold garlands as they say their wedding vows during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A couple hold garlands as they say their wedding vows during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A couple hold garlands as they say their wedding vows during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Tribal couples perform rituals during a mass marriage ceremony in Siliguri February 3, 2010. </p>

Tribal couples perform rituals during a mass marriage ceremony in Siliguri February 3, 2010.

Tribal couples perform rituals during a mass marriage ceremony in Siliguri February 3, 2010.

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<p>Tribal couples take part in a mass marriage ceremony in Siliguri February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Tribal couples take part in a mass marriage ceremony in Siliguri February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Tribal couples take part in a mass marriage ceremony in Siliguri February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Hindu brides sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Noida December 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Hindu brides sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Noida December 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Hindu brides sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Noida December 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Muslim brides wait for their wedding ceremonies to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Muslim brides wait for their wedding ceremonies to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim brides wait for their wedding ceremonies to start during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad November 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Tribal brides hold earthen pots during a mass marriage ceremony at Salbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri May 30, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Tribal brides hold earthen pots during a mass marriage ceremony at Salbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri May 30, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Tribal brides hold earthen pots during a mass marriage ceremony at Salbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri May 30, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Tribal grooms and brides carry earthen pots on their heads and hold flags during a mass marriage ceremony at Salbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri May 30, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Tribal grooms and brides carry earthen pots on their heads and hold flags during a mass marriage ceremony at Salbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri May 30, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Tribal grooms and brides carry earthen pots on their heads and hold flags during a mass marriage ceremony at Salbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri May 30, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Muslim brides display hands painted with henna during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Muslim brides display hands painted with henna during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim brides display hands painted with henna during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A Muslim bride (R) signs a marriage registration form during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A Muslim bride (R) signs a marriage registration form during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A Muslim bride (R) signs a marriage registration form during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Grooms attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal</p>

Grooms attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Grooms attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>Brides wait after their make-up are done during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal</p>

Brides wait after their make-up are done during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Brides wait after their make-up are done during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>Couples attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal</p>

Couples attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Couples attend a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Indian brides sit during a procession before a mass marriage during Akshaya Tritiya in Bhopal April 30, 2006. REUTERS/Raj Patidar</p>

Indian brides sit during a procession before a mass marriage during Akshaya Tritiya in Bhopal April 30, 2006. REUTERS/Raj Patidar

Indian brides sit during a procession before a mass marriage during Akshaya Tritiya in Bhopal April 30, 2006. REUTERS/Raj Patidar

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<p>Indian brides sit during a procession before the mass marriages of 44 couples on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya in Bhopal May 11, 2005. REUTERS/Raj Patidar</p>

Indian brides sit during a procession before the mass marriages of 44 couples on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya in Bhopal May 11, 2005. REUTERS/Raj Patidar

Indian brides sit during a procession before the mass marriages of 44 couples on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya in Bhopal May 11, 2005. REUTERS/Raj Patidar

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<p>Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata January 28, 2007. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal</p>

Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata January 28, 2007. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata January 28, 2007. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>A bride wears ornaments during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A bride wears ornaments during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A bride wears ornaments during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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